OMO Activities: Make a Family Portrait Collage

arts and crafts

When done as a family, this activity can be heaps of fun for all! It simply calls for a few dispensable household items that can easily be salvaged by raiding the paper recycling bin. A suitable activity for rainy days or relaxed Sunday afternoons, it is an activity that requires very little clean-up. If you do happen to find a tough stain left by a marker or a smudge of paint, just pop the item into the washing machine with a capful of laundry detergent - you’ll certainly have less to worry about and more time to spend with your little ones!

What you will need:

  • Water-based paints
  • Coloured pencils, markers and pens
  • Household junk
  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • Wood glue
  • Scissors
  • Sheets of good quality white paper – one or two for each portrait

What to do:

  1. Each person should choose a family member for their portrait to ensure that no one is left out;
  2. Using your art supplies and junk, create a special portrait of your chosen family member;
  3. You can also cut out words from magazines to describe that person, and be as creative and as wild as your imagination allows;
  4. Using another piece of paper, design a frame for your portrait, and attach to the outside of your portrait;
  5. Once everyone has completed their pictures and the glue has dried, choose the perfect place in the house to display them.

It’s also a good idea to have a look online and choose a particular artist’s style (e.g. Gilbert and George, or Salvador Dali) and have each family member imitate this as they create their portrait. If your kiddies take well to this activity, why not take a look at OMO’s collection of kids’ activities?

They're sure to have plenty of fun!